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NO JOY AT CALDER FOR FTR
15 Jul, 2001

Steve Richards has gained ninth place for Ford Tickford Racing (FTR) at the seventh round of the Shell V8 Championship at Calder Park Raceway in Melbourne.
The round was won by Paul Morris, taking his first overall win in the V8 championship.

The result was a good reward for Richards, who battled back from a disappointing 15th qualifying position.

“It just was not our weekend,” said Richards.

“We were only a couple of tenths of a second off the pace in qualifying, but that was enough to put us down the order. From there it was all catch-up.

“Our race pace was pretty good, but when you’re back in the pack, it’s always going to be tough.

Teammate Glenn Seton had an even worse weekend - qualifying 20th.

The races didn’t get much better, with the Seton only able to climb one place better.

“Calder 2001 – is not one that will go in the highlights column,” said Seton.

“We just couldn’t get the car to work at its best – the car wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t great.

“Sometimes a bad weekend fires people up – I can tell you the entire team is determined to hit back at the next round at Oran Park on July 28 - 29.

Top 10 overall results

1. Paul Morris

2. Steve Johnson - Shell Helix Racing - Ford Falcon AUXR8

3. Russell Ingall

4. Paul Radisich - Shell Helix Racing - Ford Falcon AUXR8

5. Jason Bright

6. Marcos Ambrose - Pirtek Racing - Ford Falcon AUXR8

7. Steve Ellery - Super Cheap Auto Racing - Ford Falcon AUXR8

8. Garth Tander

9. Steve Richards - Ford Tickford Racing - Ford Falcon AUXR8

10. Cameron McConville

Championship standings

1. Mark Skaife 1,720

2. Jason Bright 1,703

3. Russell Ingall 1,496

4. Steve Johnson - Shell Helix Racing - Ford Falcon AUXR8 1,488

5. Marcos Ambrose - Pirtek Racing - Ford Falcon AUXR8 1,262

6. Greg Murphy 1,248

7. Steve Richards - Ford Tickford Racing - Ford Falcon AUXR8 1,211

8. Paul Radisich - Shell Helix Racing - Ford Falcon AUXR8 1,185

9. Craig Lowndes - Gibson Motorsport - Ford Falcon AUXR8 1,146

10. Garth Tander 1,080

12. Glenn Seton - Ford Tickford Racing - Ford Falcon AUXR8 1,072
 
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